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A 14-year-old Lousiana boy is accused of animal cruelty after allegedly shooting and killing a baby cow.

Connections between the teen and the crime – which occurred in Jefferson Parish – were reported to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) anonymously, and an investigation has ensued.


The Livestock Brand Commission and the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office are charging the teen with ‘aggravated cruelty to animals’.

He is also charged with ‘criminal damage to property’. The LDAF told PBN that the‘property’ in this case refers to the calf.

Speaking to WAFB, LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain said: “I urge anyone with information regarding crimes involving livestock and farm-related crimes to contact their local law enforcement officers and/or the LDAF Livestock Crime Stoppers Hotline.”

According to the LDAF, the case is being prosecuted by the Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.